Cope calls on Bekkersdal to register

The lowest percentage of registered voters is four percent in the Western Cape.

The lowest percentage of registered voters is four percent in the Western Cape.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) has called on the community of Bekkersdal to register to vote in the upcoming general election so that they can change their circumstances.

Bekkersdal residents attempted to boycott the registration process on Saturday when a group of students threw stones at Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials.

At least seven of the 12 registration stations in the area were temporarily closed however all of the stations are open today.

A voting station at the Milnerton Baptist Church in Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

Residents were demanding an apology from Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane after she said the ANC doesn't need protestor's "dirty votes".

Mokonyane has since apologised but residents say they will not accept her apology.

Cope's Denis Bloom said, "They must go and register so they can exercise their right to vote and they can outvote these arrogant and irresponsible people so that they can have the people they need in government."

At the same time, in the Western Cape an 18-year-old Du Noon resident said she can't believe the time has finally come for her to take part in a general election.

According to the IEC, one of its main findings indicates that only 10 percent of 18 and 19-year old South Africans are currently registered as voters.

The lowest, of 4 percent is in the Western Cape.

Zinhle Masisa says she's tried her best to encourage other young people her age to also go out and register to vote.

"I've wanted to vote for a long time but couldn't because of my age so now that I have a chance I'm excited."